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Tractor Supply store slated for Maine

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Anew Tractor Supply store is planned for next year in an old L.L. Bean call center in Waterville, Maine, according to the Morning Sentinel.

The article said the Waterville planning board recently approved revisions to the previously approved plan for the 24,000-sq.-ft. store.

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Retail sales for September: Good, bad and flat

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The U.S. Census Bureau reported unadjusted monthly retail sales for home centers and pro dealers (NAICS 444) were $24.0 billion in August, up from $22.3 billion in the same month last year.

Unadjusted hardware store sales (NAICS 44413) were $1.51 billion, unchanged from August 2009.

However, August sales were down compared with July’s figures. Home centers and pro dealers declined 5.8% from July. Hardware stores declined 6.8%.

The Census Bureaus advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for September, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences but not for price changes, were $367.7 billion, an increase of 0.6% from the previous month, and 7.3% above September 2009.

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Bayer recognized by Home Depot

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The Home Depot merchants have selected consumer lawn and garden brand Bayer Advanced as its Outside Garden Supplier Partner of the Year 2010.

Bayer Advanced is backed by Bayer CropScience, a major crop protection company.

Bayer Advanced was chosen from more than 500 Home Depot suppliers in the Outside Garden category as a result of its overall performance over the past year.

“Bayer Advanced has distinguished itself over the past year, bringing new and innovative control products to The Home Depot that solve our customers’ problems better and in less time than previously possible,” said Scott Manning, Home Depot merchandising VP live goods and landscaping.

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